The University Honors Program and the Soyka Fund for the Humanities at Misericordia University are sponsoring the free public event, "A Novelist's Washington: Thomas Mallon on Politics and the Novel,'' on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library beginning at 7 p.m.
Thomas Mallon, Ph.D., is a novelist and essayist who has written 10 books of fiction, including the forthcoming, "Landfall,'' a novel on the George W. Bush administration from 2001-09. The author will give his first public reading from the forthcoming book during the program, followed by a conversation about his prolific career as a keen observer of the nation's capital and America's political and literary culture with moderator, Brian F. Carso, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of history and government at Misericordia University.
His latest historical novel has received positive reviews from national media outlets. Newsweek calls him the "master of the historical novel,'' while The New Yorker states his latest work of fiction "unfolds with the urgency of a thriller'' as he chronicles the president's second term – a tumultuous period marked by the Iraq war and hurricane Katrina.
"For the past three decades, Thomas Mallon has focused a keen eye on the broad sweep of American culture, writing hundreds of articles for magazines, and several popular scholarly books,'' said Dr. Carso. "As a novelist, he is a master at writing about American politics.
"He illuminates the back rooms of our nation's capital with his encyclopedic knowledge and finely tuned wit. The players come and go, and if we have fun at their expense, there is, in the end, a sense of knowing them better for having imagined them more fully,'' he added. "Thomas Mallon turns politics into literature, with all its drama, farce, tragedy, and sheer wonder. It will be a pleasure to have him at Misericordia University for two days, reading from his new novel and speaking about politics and literature.''
Dr. Mallon's 10 books of fiction include "Henry and Clara,'' "Watergate,'' a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award that recognizes the best works of fiction by living American citizens annually, and "Finale,'' about the Reagan years. He also has written volumes of nonfiction about plagiarism ("Stolen Words''), diaries ("A Book of One's Own"), letters ("Yours Ever") and the Kennedy assassination (Mrs. Paine's Garage"). His work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and other publications.
He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and taught for a number of years at Vassar College. His honors include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the National Book Critics Circle citation for reviewing, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, for distinguished prose style.
A professor emeritus of English at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mallon has been literary editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly and deputy chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.For more information about the Department of History and Government at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/history.